Below is an alphabetical listing of subscription databases relevant to the study of law.  For a full listing of UMKC databases, visit the MERLIN Articles and Databases page. UMKC students, faculty, and staff may access the University Libraries’ databases, online journals, and e-books from off campus (off campus access). Guests must visit one of the UMKC libraries to access most of these databases.

  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO Host) +

    Academic Search Complete (EBSCO Host)
    A comprehensive multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, and more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage includes monographs, educational, public policy and scientific reports, conference proceedings and indexing of several newspapers.

  • AILALink +


    AILALink (American Immigration Lawyers Assn.) provides fully searchable access to immigration-related statutes, regulations, and case law; agency correspondence and manuals; AILA/government liaison minutes; immigration forms; and AILA publications.

  • Bloomberg Law +

    Bloomberg Law
    Includes Bloomberg BNA as well as its own flagship law services platform that competes with Lexis and Westlaw.

    BNA publishes over one hundred daily and weekly reports of news, analysis, and reference products, providing intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for professionals in all sectors of business and government.

  • CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) +

    CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction)
    CALI, produced by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, consists of computer-mediated legal instruction

  • Congressional Quarterly Almanac +

    Congressional Quarterly Almanac
    The legislative activities of the U.S. Congress. Comprehensive roll call votes for all major legislation. Authoritative coverage of the people, elections and controversies in the U.S. Congress. In-depth review and analysis of legislation and policy

  • Congressional Quarterly Researcher Online +

    Congressional Quarterly Researcher Online
    CQ Researcher provides unbiased coverage of a wide range of domestic and international issues. Each report provides researchers with an overview; background and chronology; a current assessment; tables and maps; pro/con statements and bibliographies.

  • Congressional Quarterly Weekly +

    Congressional Quarterly Weekly (October 1, 1983 - present)
    The weekly journal for the CQ Researcher

  • Early English Books Online +

    Early English Books Online
    Full-text images of virtually every work printed in the UK, British North America and in English printed elsewhere 1473-1700 ; from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through Shakespeare and the English Civil War.

  • Environment & Energy +

    Environment & Energy

    E&E Publishing is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets.  E&E's five daily online publications are "must-reads" by people who track and influence energy, environmental and climate policy

  • EUR-Lex +

    European Union law and other public EU documents, authentic electronic Official Journal of the EU - in 24 languages.

  • Fastcase +


    Fastcase is a legal research service with searching, sorting, and visualization tools. Fastcase’s libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as Federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through content partners.

  • Gale Digital Collections +

    Gale Digital Collections
    Making of the Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926; Eighteenth Century Collections Online; Making of the Modern Law Trials, 1600-1926; U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978; Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources; and, 16th and 17th British State Papers.

  • HeinOnline +

    Provides full access to complete runs of more than 500 law journals. It also includes the Federal Register, treaties and related publications, U.S. Supreme Court materials, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and International materials.

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL) +

    International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL)
    From Kluwer Law International, expert country-by-country analysis of the law on the following topics: Civil Procedure; Commercial and Economic Law; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Corporations & Partnerships; Criminal Law; Enforcement of Foreign Judgments; Family and Succession Law; Insurance Law; Intellectual Property; Migration; Private International Law; Property & Trust; and Torts. Click on the country link listed under “National Monographs” to access the full text for each country.

  • JSTOR +

    Contains full-text articles from selected journals in a broad range of disciplines, including African-American studies, art, ecology, economics, education, history, law, literature, music, general science, sociology, and statistics.

  • Journal of Law and Economics +

  • Kansas City Business Journal +

    Kansas City Business Journal
    Offers access to a comprehensive coverage of business news in Kansas City.

  • LLMC Digital +

    LLMC Digital (Law Library Microfilm Consortium)
    Digital images of books and serials focusing primarily on U.S. and Canadian law. Includes U.S. federal documents from the legislative, executive and judicial branches; Canadian federal and provincial documents; and other publications.


  • LexisNexis for Law Schools +

    LexisNexis for Law Schools (limited access)
    Lexis Nexis Academic covers worldwide news sources, broadcast transcripts, foreign language publications, business and company information and data, law reviews and legal sources and biographical sources.

  • Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford) +

    Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford)
    A comprehensive resource of peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Written and edited by scholars and practitioners and regularly updated, this work is essential for anyone researching or teaching international law.

  • Mergent Online +

    Mergent Online
    Public company data for 15,000 domestic and foreign public companies including inactive companies. Features include historical daily pricing and charts, bond portraits and industry reports, and 70+ searchable stock indexes. Searchable by NAICS and SIC codes.

  • MOspace +

    A repository for scholarly work by University of Missouri faculty, staff and students. MOspace makes created knowledge and research products available to researchers and assures preservation of these materials for the future.

  • The New York Times Archives +

  • NewsBank +

    Contains America's Historical Newspapers; Latin American Newspapers; American State Papers, 1789-1838, and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 (including the Serial Set Maps)

  • Oxford English Dictionary +

  • ProQuest Congressional +

    ProQuest Congressional
    Full text and abstracts for historical and current congressional publications. Includes legislative histories; biographies; committee assignments; voting records; financial data; and full text of hearing transcripts, committee reports, bills, Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.

  • Proquest Ebooks Central +

    Proquest Ebooks Central

    The ProQuest E-book collection consists of 14,940 law related titles which provides authoritative content from scholarly sources such as University Presses and other top legal publishers.  E-books are available on any mobile device and can be downloaded for offline access.


  • ProQuest Legislative Insight +

    ProQuest Legislative Insight

    ProQuest legislative histories are comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking. Each history includes the full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law.

  • Thomson Reuters Checkpoint +

    Thomson Reuters Checkpoint
    Tax, financial and accounting information from Thomson Reuters

  • Social Science Research Network +

    Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    Set of several specialized research networks, including the Legal Research Network (LSN). It is a repository of pre- and post-print scholarly articles.

  • TradeLawGuide (TLG) +

    TradeLawGuide (TLG)

    TradeLawGuide (TLG) was created by a team of trade lawyers, researchers and legal knowledge engineers so that WTO law could be researched in a methodical, comprehensive and efficient manner. 158 countries are Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). TLG is the leading research database for this important field of international economic law. It is used on a regular basis by the WTO itself, as well as by WTO Member countries, law firms and academic institutions around the world. While many materials are available on the WTO website, TLG offers efficient and effective tools for researching WTO jurisprudence, the texts of the WTO agreements, dispute settlement documents, and Uruguay Round negotiating documents.

  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set +

    U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    Legislative history from 1817-1980.

  • U.S. Statistical Abstract (Discontinued) +

    U.S. Statistical Abstract
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

  • University of Missouri Digital Library +

    University of Missouri Digital Library
    Includes the Nazi Nuremberg photos collection, the Leon E. Bloch Sir Edward Coke Collection, and many other items digitized by the University of Missouri.

  • Westlaw +

    Westlaw (limited access)
    Flagship service that provides the full text of court decisions, statutory provisions, administrative materials, law review articles, Supreme Court briefs, and other legal and business materials.

  • West Academic Casebook Quizzes +

    West Academic Casebook Quizzes

    Faculty-authored self-assessment quizzes designed to help law students prepare for class and exams.

  • West Academic Study Aids +

    West Academic Study Aids

    West Academic Study Aids provides students 24/7 digital access to skills-based titles, treatises, study aids and audio lectures to help students succeed in law school and prepare for practice. Includes the complete Acing, Bridge to Practice, Building Skills, Concepts and Insights, Concise Hornbooks, Developing Professional Skills, Exam Pro, Gilbert Law Summaries, Global Issues, High Court Case Summaries, West Hornbooks, Law School Legends Audio, Law Stories, Legalines, Nutshells, Short & Happy Guides, and Sum and Substance Audio series, and more

  • Wiley Online Library +

    Wiley Online Library
    Wiley Online Library is a multi-disciplinary database that includes full-text journal articles and some full-text reference sources.

  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses +

    WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
    Access to dissertations and theses in OCLC member libraries. Many are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution. It contains all dissertations, theses, and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members including UMKC.

  • WorldCat (FirstSearch) +

    (Check with a librarian before requesting materials).  Records (citations) of materials from 60,000 worldwide libraries from 112 countries. Dates of materials range from centuries to recent items--a span of thousands of years! WorldCat includes records for books, videos, serial publications, articles, recorded books and music, electronic books, sheet music, genealogical references, cultural artifacts, digital objects, Web sites and much more.

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    Worldtradelaw's Dispute Settlement Commentary (DSC) service is a comprehensive legal research tool for WTO dispute settlement. Features include summary/analysis of all reports/arbitrations; up-to-date keyword index; and a database of dispute settlement tables/statistics.

  • Art Law & Cultural Property +

    Art Law and Cultural Property

    Providing major new resources that govern the acquisition and ownership of artworks—International Cultural Property Ownership and Export Legislation (ICPOEL) and U.S. Case Law and Statutes (CLS)—this section also contains foreign cultural affairs contacts and a legal glossary. Registration to access the more detailed materials will help us evaluate the usefulness of the site and improve its next iteration.

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